Check out this old Camillus military-issue fixed-blade knife that was recently renovated in true Thrive style. Google is pretty sure that this is a Camillus CM-5684B, a relic of the Vietnam era (Source 1, and 2).
It was a parting gift for a friend who was moving, and preparing to take on a great challenge. Some serious Dremel action buffed off the phosphate coating and rust, and brought the high carbon steel to a mirror shine (note the second knife in it’s raw state for reference). A bit of leather conditioner and black polish coaxed the sheath and handle back into service, and a length of cord with red beads retrofitted the leg tie. Finally, a Lansky sharpening kit returned a surgeon’s edge to the beast.
The engraving reads, “FIRE UP – GET DIRTY – SCARE YOURSELF – BLEED” on one side of the blade. The other side reads, “Do more than just survive… THRIVE.”
It is more of a show piece now, but still a very capable tool if need be.
Do you possess any cool old toys like this one? Shoot me some info in the comment box, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be featured in a future THRIVEtoys article!
Like blades? You might also enjoy reading about the Bolo in, “So You Want to be John Rambo, Part I” and “Part II.”